Call For Ideas 2017/2018
In the context of the 50th Independence Anniversary of Mauritius, the Mauritius Research Council (MRC) is pleased to invite the citizens and diaspora of the Republic of Mauritius to reflect upon the future of the country. The purpose of coming up with grand challenges is to identify and support clear priorities for coordinated research and innovation efforts with a view to finding innovative ideas to enhance the quality of life of citizens through collaboration and joint leadership.
As such, we are calling for submissions of Grand Challenges/Ideas with a view to facilitating the finding of sustainable solutions. Submit Now!
“A Grand Challenge is a strategic platform that helps to identify critical barriers holding back progress in addressing critical problems, develops targeted programmes to fund teams to develop solutions to overcome these barriers and implements strategies to help to bring these solutions to scale in order to address the pressing challenges faced by the Republic of Mauritius”.
-Adapted from Grand Challenges Canada.
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Examples of Contributions
Title: Traffic Jam – Major Cause for Tardiness and Declining Work Productivity
Description: The problem of traffic congestion has become a common issue for working people in Mauritius. This specific problem is seen to be negatively influencing the lives of the working community in Ebene in a number of ways. Some of the resulting effects are increased fuel consumption, increased pollution, tardiness, stress leading to deteriorated health and declining productivity amongst others…Continue reading
Title: Reducing the economic and social burden of crime and violence in Mauritius
Description: Often known as the perfect “Paradise Island”, Mauritius is slowly but inevitably losing its appeal due to the increasing levels of violence throughout the island. Murders, assaults, sexual assaults, rape, and other forms of violence often pop up all over the Mauritius news media. Some of these violent acts are extremely shocking and will often send around a buzz in the Mauritius population before being completely forgotten in no less than two weeks until something else happens…Continue reading
Title: Measuring, Monitoring & Managing Diabetes
Description: Diabetes has been on the increase for the past decades due to the changing lifestyles of the Mauritian people and the lack of exercise and improper nutrition. It is reported that over 22% of the adult population are already diabetic and another 19% are prediabetics. Moreoverthe national tendency is that all of the 19% prediabetics will be diabetics in about 2 years. Thus altogether…Continue reading